Kaiarataki; Te Hihiri - Strategic Advisor; Māori, Principal
Tel: +64 9 364 4768
Post Grad. Certificate in Applied Science (awarded with Distinction), Lincoln University
Post Grad. Certificate in Social Science (awarded with Distinction), Lincoln University
Bachelor of Resource Studies (B.R.S.) (awarded with a Senior Scholarship for post-graduate study), Lincoln University
Founding member and steering committee – Ngā Aho Incorporated Society
Co-founder, instructor and advisory member - Aoraki Bound
Te Taumutu Rūnanga – Kaitiakitanga Committee
Co-Chair/trustee - Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust
Craig is affiliated with Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha and Ngāti Mutunga and is a New Zealand descendent of English, Scottish and Welsh settlers. He has significant experience in environmental management and policy, strategy and research.
Whilst working for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Craig held a number of roles which included fisheries negotiation, environmental policy and research, environmental advice, programme leader – environment and as a project manager for freshwater strategy development. He has also worked for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority as a Senior Advisor in Strategy and Planning and as a Māori Researcher for Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.
Craig’s technical expertise is complemented by a range of Governance roles for both iwi and community organisations. These roles include being a steering committee member of Ngā Aho Incorporated (a national network of Māori design and planning professionals), a member of the Aoraki Bound Advisory Group and the Te Taumutu Rūnanga Kaitiakitanga Committee. Craig was also a former member of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy Christchurch West Melton and Regional Zone Committees and the Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) Management Board and Co-Governance Group.
The knowledge and skills that Craig has acquired in these roles ensures he is well qualified and effective in the role of bringing cultural values and understanding to a project.